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January 21, 2013
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  • Megaupload founder launches new website with flair
    Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand entrepreneur whose Megaupload file-sharing website was shut down last year by U.S. authorities, Sunday launched a similar site called Mega, putting on an elaborate news conference at his mansion near Auckland. "This should not be seen as the mocking of any government or Hollywood," Dotcom said. "This is us being innovators and executing our right to run a business." Dotcom and three co-defendants are fighting extradition to the U.S. to face criminal charges related to the operation of Megaupload. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/20), The Wall Street Journal (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: "Arbitrage" could lead to new distribution models
    Lionsgate's decision to stream the Richard Gere film "Arbitrage" the same day it began showing in theaters may lead to revised distribution models by proving that financial success for blockbuster movies isn't necessarily tied to the box office, analysts say. "This has worked out incredibly well for us. More people saw it than would have," said Steve Beeks of Lionsgate, who is president of the Motion Picture Group. "And we hope that theaters realize we aren't doing it to their detriment. We are very respectful of them." The Hollywood Reporter (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Netflix, Time Warner go head-to-head over Open Connect
    Netflix's attempt to transition its video-streaming service to its own content-delivery system is making the company few friends among U.S. Internet providers. The conflict came to a head recently when Time Warner Cable took issue with Netflix's decision to offer its "Super HD" service only to providers willing to pay for access to the Open Connect platform. The cable firm -- which says it's perfectly capable of delivering the service over its own network -- said the move is a power play by Netflix that offers "unprecedented preferential treatment" for Internet providers that cooperate. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Monetizing Content 
  • Digital subscriptions may find success despite a higher price tag
    A number of magazine titles are seeking to recover revenue by charging more for digital subscriptions. Readers appear willing to pay up, judging by the success of Hearst's recent digital subscriber drive, which netted 800,000 readers despite an average digital subscription rate that was almost twice what an average print subscription would cost at the onset. "We're using this new platform and the clear demand for all access to our content as a way to redefine our subscription offerings at a higher price," Condé Nast President Bob Sauerberg says. The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Did Winfrey drop the ball on monetizing Armstrong interview?
    Media critics were quick to pounce on Oprah Winfrey for failing to leverage one of the most important interviews in her career to generate revenue for her online distribution network. At least one commentator attributed the abundance of blank ad space on the television icon's OWN website to "incompetence," while others suggested the lack of online ad sales tied to the Armstrong scoop may have been the result of technical or licensing issues. Whatever the case, the consensus seems to be that Winfrey let a major monetization opportunity slip away, Jeff John Roberts writes. (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FCC unveils plan for nationwide access to gigabit Internet
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission told a gathering of the nation's mayors on Friday that the agency will help expand "ultra-high-speed" Internet access to all 50 states over the next two years. Chairman Julius Genachowski said the FCC's Gigabit City Challenge will rely on an online clearinghouse to solicit input from providers, and at least one municipality in each state should have access to gigabit Internet speeds by 2015. News Service (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Entertainment Matters at CES 
  • Social media recap: Everyone was buzzing about #2013CES!
    Simply Measured tracked the 2013 International CES conversation on Twitter throughout the show. Discussion of Ultra High Definition TVs, digital health technology, tablets and smartphones were key trends. Celebrities also joined in on the conversation. 50 Cent, Ludacris, Snooki, and Nick Cannon were among the thousands tweeting about the innovative technologies, amazing product displays and engaging events that made up the 2013 International CES. Check out Simply Measured's CES by the Numbers for more information on Twitter trends during #2013CES. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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